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Stephen George

Alan Durant

http://www.alandurant.co.uk
alandurant@blueyonder.co.uk
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Q: What were you like at school?

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Smaller and younger but pretty much as I am now.

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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A footballer in general, George Best in particular.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Ask Someone Else!

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Darling.

Q: What makes you cringe?

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EastEnders and stewed apple.

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Death by flatulence.

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?

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Just then.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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My Manchester United football book signed to me by George Best.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Write stories and poems - this is a great job! I also play football and badminton.

Q: What strange habits do you have?

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I only eat aubergines on Tuesdays.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Vegetable Dansak.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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What don't I day dream about?

Q: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done?

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Answer this questionnaire. I've lived a sheltered life.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

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I'd love to be able to draw, but I can't. I can't think of any better profession than the one I have.

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?

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Ask me when I've finished this bottle.

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

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Leonard Cohen.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

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Generosity of spirit.

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

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It's a toss up between Bali and Venice. definitely not Basildon.

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

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Write something every day - even if it's only one word or changing the sentence you wrote the day before.

Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?

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My socks for a start. But really there's too much to even begin listing here.

Q: What has life taught you?

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That death may come at any moment so make the most of it - especially where friendships are concerned. Also that a stewed apple sucks.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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I got into writing when I was thirteen. I've been a published writer since 1991.

Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?

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I don't think it works like that. You don't decide to become a writer; you just are one.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I've written most of my books in a garden shed, but I've recently moved and now write where the builders aren't.

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

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The best thing is getting enthusiastic responses from readers; the worst is rejection. It stinks.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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An alien called ZX7 who visits me now and then - usually disguised as a turnip.

Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?

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Jake in one of my early books, Jake's Magic.

Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?

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I work on several projects at once.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The King of the Castle by Meriol Trevor - and it still is.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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None. I admire many books but I don't wish I'd written them. I just want to write the best books I possibly can.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Read and read widely to develop your imagination. Don't put off till tomorrow what you could do today. Be single-minded and trust your vision. Don't be too disheartened by rejection but persevere.

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